Roberta Michnick Golinkoff holds the Unidel H. Rodney Sharp Chair in the School of Education at the University of Delaware and is also a member of the Departments of Psychology and Linguistics. An author of 12 books and numerous professional articles, she founded and directs the Child’s Play, Learning, & Development Lab, whose goal it is to understand how children tackle the amazing feat of learning language and much else about their world.
Guided play advances cognitive skills like language and reading, as well as social skills like emotion regulation.
In the last 20 years, advances in the sciences of infant development have allowed us to view the processes of early word learning for the first time.
Investment in early childhood is a moral imperative that also saves society from 7 to 14 dollars for every dollar spent.
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Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Ph.D.

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff holds the Unidel H. Rodney Sharp Chair in the School of Education at the University of Delaware and is also a member of the Departments of Psychology and Linguistics. An author of 12 books and numerous professional articles, she founded and directs the Child’s Play, Learning, & Development Lab, whose goal it is to understand how children tackle the amazing feat of learning language and much else about their world.

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  • Roberta launches book at the Brookings Institution

    [The Brookings Institution]

    Dr. Roberta Golinkoff and Dr. Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek’s book, Becoming Brilliant: What science tells us about raising successful children just launched at The Brookings Institution.  Click here to learn more about this achievement!

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  • How To Raise Brilliant Children, According To Science

    [NPR]

    “Why are traffic lights red, yellow and green?” When a child asks you a question like this, you have a few options. You can shut her down with a “Just because.” You can explain: “Red is for stop and green is for go.” Or, you can turn the question back to her and help her […]

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  • Making Science ‘Edible’

    [Association for Psychological Science]

    Today, parents wanting the best for their children’s intellectual development can turn to a number of “educational” digital apps, a variety of “brain-based” teaching strategies and curricula, and a never-ending stream of videos, toys, games, and other products all purportedly grounded in the latest research on brain development and learning. And yet these products have […]

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  • Four ways to tell if an educational app will actually help your child learn

    [The Joan Ganz Cooney Center]

    Imagine someone telling you that a new technology would be available in five years that has the potential to revolutionize childhood and early education. But the downside is that you will have to choose from among 80,000 possible options. This is the problem currently facing many parents. Following the invention of the iPad in 2010, […]

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Some of Roberta's books include:

  • Becoming Brilliant:
    What Science Tells us About Raising Successful Children
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  • A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool:
    Presenting the Evidence
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  • Einstein Never Used Flash Cards:
    How Our Children Really Learn-- and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less
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  • Play = Learning:
    How Play Motivates and Enhances Children's Cognitive and Social-Emotional Growth
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  • Action Meets Word:
    How Children Learn Verbs
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